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Director-General inaugurates the UNESCO-German Aerospace Centre Exhibition on World Heritage sites seen from space

On 2nd April 2009, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, inaugurated the UNESCO-German Aerospace Centre Exhibition on World Heritage sites seen from space, with Mr Johann-Dietrich Worner, Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Centre.

The exhibition, set up on the outer perimeter of UNESCO’s headquarter building, consists of 30 beautiful satellite images of World Heritage sites as diverse as Machu Picchu, Vatican City, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Mount Kilimanjaro.

UNESCO and the German Aerospace Agency have been cooperating since 2007 to assist developing countries to apply space technologies for specific purposes related to UNESCO’s programmes, including support for the preservation of archaeological sites in Iraq.

Mr Matsuura noted that UNESCO was pleased to count the German Aerospace Centre among its partners and was encouraged by the growing partnership between space agencies, research institutions, universities and the private sector. He highlighted that “it is the concerted effort of all these partners that permits us to release the full potential of space technologies for sustainable development by applying it to new fields such as the preservation of the natural and cultural heritage of humankind.”

The Director-General also noted that the exhibition was an opportunity to “bring space closer to people, and make space technologies available to the general public.” Mr Matsuura concluded his remarks by thanking the German Aerospace Centre and the German delegation to UNESCO for its support in putting together “this wonderful display” and invited all present to enjoy the exhibition.

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Author(s): Office of the Spokesperson - Source: Flash Info N° 053-2009 -  Publication Date: 03-04-2009

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